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File:Melville Post.JPG|450px|framed|right|About 1919 '''Melville Davisson Post''' (April 19, 1869 – June 23, 1930) was an American author, born in Harrison County, West Virginia.''Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing'' by Rosemary Herbert (Oxford University Press, 2000) His family settled in the Clarksburg, West Virginia area in the late 18th century. He earned a law degree from West Virginia University in 1892, and was married in 1903 to Ann Bloomfield Gamble Schofield. Their one child died while an infant, and Mrs. Post died of pneumonia in 1919 which was very common during that period. He was an avid horseman, and died on June 23, 1930, after a fall from his horse, and was buried in Harrison County.Sullivan, Ken (ed.), ''The West Virginia Encyclopedia'', West Virginia Humanities Council, 2006. pg. 578 His boyhood home, "Templemoor", was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
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